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keltische hobbits Keltfest Oak Stage

Keltische Hobbits

Musical adventures with the Keltische Hobbits 

The Keltische Hobbits will be clambering onto the Keltfest stage with their adventurous instruments, ancient languages, rambling rhymes, and hairy hopping feet!

Celtic Hobbits? Well, Iris and Luuk are not quite that small… but they do love good food, long wandering journeys, and cheerful folk music!
Singing harpist Iris brings old folksongs to life in the languages of Irish Gaelic, Breton, English, Limbourgish, and Dutch. Creative virtuoso Luuk paints lyrical landscapes with his whistles, ocarina’s, shruti box, rubber duckies, teaspoons, and accordion.

From summer birds to stormy pirates, from romantic starry nights to the illegal brewery of tea: the Keltische Hobbits sing and play about all of it, until the elves start dancing on the rooftops. Come and enjoy the songs, dance tunes, improvisations, jokes, and poems!

After 2 years of making music together (and eating and hiking), it is time for a shiny debut album! The record will be released on April 1st 2019 and will also be available at Keltfest.

De Keltische Hobbits play on Saturday.

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Barnyard Tea

Barnyard Tea brings you rowdy, stomping bluegrass. They combine style, class and a whiff of rock & roll in their approach of American traditionals. The three blond-haired men focus their arrangements around vocal harmony and the use of authentic instruments. They have been seen playing mandolins, banjos, dobros, guitars and of course a good old double bass.

The uplifting music will make you dance, or at least get the urge to dance, but their sensitive side occasionally takes the spotlight with enchanting harmony-infused ballads. So put on your dancing shoes and stomp along to the mesmerizing music of the blistering bluegrass trio.

Edin Najetovic, Frank de Boer and Joost Abbel have been making music together since high school. They started Barnyard Tea in 2012 out of a joint passion for roots and bluegrass music. Soon they were performing all across Europe, playing more than 250 shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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Rapalje

Have a great party with Rapalje!

The party wouldn’t be complete without our good friends from Rapalje! Armed with nothing but their voices and instruments, Rapalje is raiding far and wide, looking for victims to carry away on a musical journey through Scottish Higlands, Irish valleys, taverns and inns.

Two thousand years ago the Celts were driven off of mainland Europe. All Celts? No, one band bravely resisted the influx of modern pop and rock and found their own place in the world of music.

Ground shaking jigs and reels, delicate ballads and a whiff of heavy metal provide you with the perfect opportunity to not care about every day life. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dance…

Rapalje plays on Saturday and Sunday.

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the coincidences

The Coincidences 

Celtic band The Coincidences are rooted in ‘Woest en Bijster land’, located in the heart of Holland. Vast heather areas border the old march land of the Rhine Valley. Celtic fields, bordering on the early Roman Empire, still witness to the 3000 year old culture. Remains from ancient times can still be found in the Iron Age forts, burial mounts and fields.

This legacy is the reason that sometimes, melodies, coming from the depths of the earth, are spread by the early morning mist – inspiring the band to create their own songs.

However, the band’s music mostly originates from Irish and Scottish traditions – a mixture of both traditional and contemporary songs.

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CelKilt

Punchy Celtic Rock n’ Kilt from France!

All the way from Lyon, France, the 5 piece Celtic rock band CelKilt is here to stay! When their second album, ‘Hey what’s under your kilt?’, hit the stores in 2012, their fame grew. Since 2010 this band travels all across Europe with gigs at big festivals in Belgium, Italy, Germany and now Keltfest in the Netherlands!

How this great band came to be?
“…Then the Great Alchemist gathered Water, Air, Earth and Fire around the Muse. He gave them the High Voltage Energy of Rock and the cheerful power of the Irish Jigs, gave them fiddle, drums, guitar, bass, whistles and bagpipes, and then told them:
“You shall be embodied, you shall live, you shall play and you shall discover the great power of the Kilt.” 
And it was so, and so was CelKilt born, serving a bouncy, joyful and energetic music. The Alchemist contemplated the Greatness of his Work and thought “This kicks ass”, and then he went to the pub for a good old pint of Guinness.”

Cheers!

CelKilt plays on Saturday.

Minstrel Season op Keltfest, zaterdag op Oak Stage

Minstrel Season

Dancing in the moonlight with Minstrel Season

An adopted mermaid child, a maggot as a pet, and dancing in the moonlight…
These are just some of the stories that Minstrel Season sings about.
Shortly after Roxanne and Danny formed the folk duo Minstrel Season, their debut album Dragon Rising (2015) was released. Aside from some Irish and Scottish traditionals, the album was mainly filled with their own work. The style reminded people of the bygone times of the Middle Ages and the Celtic culture.
Then after several festivals and a tour through Southern England, Whispers of the Well (2017) appeared. This second album was with influences of country, blues, bluegrass and Pagan chants more than just the earlier Celtic folk.
In early 2017, the folk duo decided to expand into a full folk band by adding bass and violin to the instruments. At Keltfest, they will appear with an awesome live band.

Come and listen to the stories of Minstrel Season…

Minstrel Season plays on Saturday.

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The Royal Spuds

A delicious party with the Royal Spuds!

With the start of the ticket sale, we’re here to announce the first band:
From the moist dirt in South-Holland, a new kind of tuber emerged. The kind that walks on two legs and is fused with an instrument of choice. It’s The Royal Spuds! A half-baked punk mash with chunks, suffused with a traditional Irish shamrock ‘n roll-sauce. As befits a “real” spud, the possibilities are endless!

Since the release of their first album, The Royal Spuds have been on the fast track; gaining fans and momentum at a steady pace. Wanted Drunk and Alive (2013) climbed the charts fast and made it into the top rankings for ‘Best Celtic Punk/Rock Albums’, at CFP Radio. “It’s A Feckin’ Freakshow” (2015) was voted #10 People’s Choice and #18 Editor’s Choice for Best Album 2015 on Irish Pub Radio; and again in the top rankings at CFP Radio.

Quotes like“It is terrifying what this band can do in a packed room” were written on the basis of performances by The Royal Spuds. With a new EP coming at the end of 2018, titled “Unforgotten Lore”, The Royal Spuds are ready to take over any festival in the coming year!

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